Since 2012, Mali has faced significant instability, increasing episodes of violence and ongoing tensions generated by separate but interlinked issues, including scarcity of resources, longstanding intercommunal tensions, poor governance and weak provision of services. In such a context, various armed and terrorist groups have established their presence in Mali, initially in the north of the country but with a clear shift towards the centre and the south in recent years.
Risks and technology options
The Report describes how terrorist, violent extremist and organized criminal groups are trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to expand their activities and jeopardize the efficacy and credibility of response measures by governments.
The COVID-19 crisis has amplified misinformation and disinformation on social media and has created new opportunities for violent non-state actors.
Acting Director for the Neighbourhood South,
DG NEAR, European Commission
Antonia Marie De Meo, Director of UNICRI
On 20 November 2020, UNICRI held the virtual meeting “Supply chain security: food fraud”. The meeting was organized by the UNICRI Knowledge Center Security through Research, Technology and Innovation (SIRIO) in Geneva.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, responding to the health crisis has been a priority concern worldwide. Its impact, however, has had a much wider range implications with unprecedented effects on the global economy and on a broad range of human, civil and labor rights, as well as rule of law and security-related issues, posing serious questions about what states need to prioritize next and how responses should be tailored to the current situation.
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How do you make communities more resilient to radicalisation into violent extremism? Are community-level actions sufficient to counter violent extremism and its effects? What approach should be taken to designing effective assistance?
The Hague, 20 November. On 20 November the world celebrates World Children's Day, which marks the anniversary of the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted both the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.